Humanitarian crises in Madagascar are constantly going unnoticed

While Madagascar is hard hit by drought, it is also the most cyclone-hit country in Africa. Image: Heinonlein. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Madagascar has repeatedly been included in the CARE organization's list of the ten least described humanitarian crises. This is despite the fact that the country has suffered from annual drought and its population from malnutrition and starvation. In the southern part of the country, a humanitarian catastrophe is currently taking place, the cause of which has been debated.

February 15, 2022, News

The presidential election in Zambia - a victory for democracy

Zambia's peaceful transfer of power in this year's political elections gives hope to other countries on the continent. Photo: Canva.

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At the end of the summer, presidential elections were held in Zambia. Against expectations, the opposition candidate Hichilema took home the victory and the country became overnight a prime example of a well-functioning, political transition in Africa. - The peaceful transfer of power made me feel very proud to be a Zambian, says Pezo Mateo-Phiri, who works at the Swedish embassy in the capital Lusaka.

December 1, 2021, Interview

Week 39: Consumers' responsibility for the climate and a call for a Swedish boycott of the World's Fair in Dubai

On the first of October, the gates opened for the world exhibition Expo 2020 in Dubai. A Swedish boycott of the exhibition is one of the topics that has been debated during the past week. Photo: Canva.

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The climate has been in focus on Swedish debate pages during the past week. Greta Thunberg's speech ahead of the German election has provoked reactions, as has the consumer's responsibility in the climate crisis. Human rights have also been debated - through calls on Sweden to boycott the world exhibition in Dubai and to take home the Swedish citizens who are in prison camps in Syria.

October 4, 2021, Current debate

Armed conflict in northern Mozambique

The small port of Pemba in northern Mozambique became too small after large supplies of natural gas were found.
Photo: Ton Rulkens from Mozambique, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Violence and a humanitarian crisis are raging in the province of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique. Thousands of people are fleeing after the armed Islamist group known locally as al-Shabab burned villages and committed brutal killings.
- To be able to solve the situation, support from other countries is needed, says Diamantino Nhampossa who works for We Effect in Mozambique.

April 15, 2021, News

Promoting human rights in Zimbabwe

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute promotes research and education in human rights and international humanitarian law.

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Zimbabwe is a country with great challenges when it comes to human rights. The Raoul Wallenberg Institute, which has just opened an office in the capital Harare, is accepting the challenges. Mikael Johansson, head of the Zimbabwe office, talks about the institute's work in the country:
- It is about building for the future, he says.

April 13, 2021, Interview

Week 9: Children's rights in focus

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During the past week, children's rights have been debated. DN's review of international adoptions was in its second week and OmVärlden took up the government's actions regarding the Swedish children living in prison camps in Syria. Sweden as a humanitarian state has been questioned at the same time as problems with authoritarian regimes have been discussed.

March 8, 2021, Current debate

Climate debate with Greta Thunberg at the helm


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During a week when Greta Thunberg was editor-in-chief of Dagens Nyheter for a day, the climate has been fully debated. Several debaters have raised the responsibility of states in the climate crisis and the issue of green growth and consumption. If the Paris Agreement is to last, "past, present and future" must be elucidated from a global justice perspective, Thunberg writes.

December 10, 2020, Current debate

Difficult conditions for household employees abroad

The fact that it is work that is carried out in isolation in the employer's home makes household employees extra vulnerable according to the IDWF. Photo:

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Worldwide, domestic workers work in precarious conditions and, during a pandemic, their situation becomes more difficult. Within a system that lacks structure, there are household employees who work for Swedish development aid workers. "It became a lot of personal responsibility," says Anna-Carin Matterson, a former employee of the Swedish embassy in Zambia.

December 10, 2020, Interview

Complex humanitarian crisis in the world's youngest nation


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Two years ago, a peace agreement was signed between warring parties in South Sudan, but internal conflicts have continued since then. Two thirds of the population are in need of humanitarian aid. The country is now suffering from devastating floods that are exacerbating the situation in the country.

October 22, 2020, News